Neal and Barry at Hotel du Vin


Both Neal and Barry have lived in Brighton for many years before moving out to the wilds of Ardingly in Sussex last year. They chose the Pavilion and Hotel du Vin as their choice of venues for their civil ceremony as it’s probably the best combination of venues in the city for aesthetics and comfort, both a stone’s throw from the seafront. I think these venues look amazing, and a joy for a photographer.

Barry and Neal at Hotel Du Vin
Neal and Barry at Hotel Du Vin before their civil ceremony

On the Wednesday, we met at Hotel du Vin on a beautiful sunny day, which I have worked at many times and even photographed their main promotional magazine. After a quick check for the rings (which they subsequently forgot!) and the iPod music to play we all walked down the seafront to the Red Room at the Pavliion for the ceremony.

Barry and Neal at Hotel Du Vin
 Walking from Hotel Du Vin to Brighton Pavilion

Once the ceremony was finished we headed along the seafront for a selection of photos of the boys

Barry and Neal at Hotel Du Vin

Barry and Neal

Brighton Seafront

Hush Heath Room, Hotel du Vin

So, now back in the Hush Heath room at Hotel du Vin in Brighton, the reception venue for Neal and Barry’s civil ceremony. Such a lovely room, with an amazing fresco on the wall and some very nice touches. The staff were attentive but discreet and smiled almost as much as the boys did. Lovely table decorations and, as you would expect, some great wines and real champagne (of course). The food elicited admiring glances, followed by long silences as everyone seemed to devour every last morsel, followed by lots of compliments being conveyed back to the staff. Not your everyday wedding breakfast fare by a long shot!

Barry and Neal at Hotel Du Vin
Barry and Neal at Hotel Du Vin
 Barry and Neal charm their guests

If you are thinking of having a city wedding in Brighton, Hotel du vin takes some beating. Just nice touches everywhere before you’ve even put a stamp on it.

Barry and Neal at Hotel Du Vin
 A very contented man..

Carl O’Connell is principal photographer for Carl O’Connell Photography
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